09 March 2021 by Mwuese Adem
The Network of Reproductive Health Journalists of Nigeria, NRHJN has urged individuals, Corporate Organisation’s and Governments at all levels to choose to challenge cultural stereotypes that prevent women and girls from accessing their full potential of sexual reproductive health rights.
The network is also seeking an end to all forms of inequality and stereotypes against girls and women.
In a statement by President of the Network , Yinka Shokumbi to mark the 2021 International Women’s Day, NRHJN notes with dismay that incessant kidnapping, assaults on women and school girls especially by bandits in Northern part of Nigeria, enslaving girls for child labour, as well as trafficking in the South are threats that limit the potential of girls and women in Nigeria.
It says every Government should embrace the scaling up of family planning services as one of the maternal survival strategies.
The statement calls for improved health budget and timely releases of funds as well as spending for the purposes meant, to pave the way for regular availability of family planning commodities and needed consumables.
It also clamours gender equality in all facets of human endeavour, geared towards the realisation of women’s rights in various areas including education, health, poverty alleviation, political and economic empowerment, among others.
It Urges women to rise up to the situation and equip themselves with the needed knowledge on how to contribute their quota to the country’s development economically, socially and in all ramifications.
The statement appeals to parents to bring up male children in a way that they are responsible and see females as co-partners.